Kenya kicks off construction of largest geothermal facility in Africa
Jul 27, 2012 - Kenya this week launched the construction of the Olkaria plant, which will be the largest geothermal project in Africa.
Drilling for the 280-MW facility is done in the Olkaria volcanic complex in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya located 120 km (75 mi) from the capital city of Nairobi.
The Olkaria complex's potential capacity is estimated at 2 GW.
Total investment in the new project stands at USD 981 million (EUR 800m), part of the financing is being provided by the World Bank, the French Agency for Development, German development bank KfW, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Japan's International Co-operation Agency.
The plant is being built by the state-owned Kenya Electricity Generating Company and is expected to go on steam in 2014.
Olkaria is said to boost Kenya's power generation by 25%.